G.W. Schulz

Ethics equity

Matt Gonzalez's mayoral campaign faces fines three years later — so why were Gavin Newsom's infractions ignored?
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In the 2003 mayor's race, Gavin Newsom's campaign outspent Matt Gonzalez's nearly six to one, shattering all previous city spending records and leaving the campaign committee with a $600,000 debt that wasn't cleared for three years.Read more »

At the crossroads

At the crossroads: Ethics Commission chief admits to knowing of alleged money laundering at City College
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Part three in a Guardian series

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San Francisco Ethics Commission executive director John St. Read more »

How's the mayor's Hump Day going!? Oooooh, not so good

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By G.W. Schulz

> Homicides are up 20 percent this year over the same time last year, and much of it cannot be blamed on gang violence, according to the Chron, which suggests, like it or not, that City Attorney Dennis Herrera's gang injunctions can go only so far. Read more »

Who's following the money?

Not the City College bond oversight panel, which rarely meets and has seen no serious audits of half a billion in spending
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Part two in a Guardian series
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David Duer is proud of the volunteer work he's done with the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Read more »

Holy shit! Josh wolf is running for mayor!

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By G.W. Schulz

So, people want to hate Josh Wolf for being what they perceive as a lawless anarchist. But he's just so damn polite. He defies virtually every useless assumption about the actual history of anarchism (still little-known among many Americans).

Wolf is like the consummate Boy Scout, but with badges that feature political slogans and old crustcore bands instead. Read more »

The City College shell game

How city college plays fast and loose with $130 million in bond money
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Part one in a Guardian series

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The motto of San Francisco's community college is "The truth will set you free."

For taxpayers, that's a painful irony. Read more »

FIRE DRILL AT THE CHRON BUILDING!!! Oh wait, it’s just empty from all the cuts. Sorry.

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By G.W. Schulz

During a conversation we had recently with a certain interview subject regarding layoffs at the Chron, this person was sure to correct us by distinguishing between actual “layoffs” and “buyouts.” Well, sure, buyouts might taste slightly better, but they’re both still poison for your career. Read more »

Merc announces 40 newsroom layoffs

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By G.W. Schulz

Well, it's not the 60 or so jobs former San Mateo County Times editor John Bowman said were pending, but it's still a big hunk of the Merc's newsroom. And no one can argue this will mean more news. In fact, considering reporters are asked everyday to do more with the Web (like a quick online story plus their full-length for the deadwood edition) those surviving cuts at the dailies should be getting a little pissed off by now. Read more »

Jailhouse justice

A group of sheriff's deputies is accused in civil court of beating jail inmates
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San Francisco's popular Mike Hennessey — the longest-serving sheriff in the state after winning seven elections — likely won't be facing a major challenger during his reelection bid this year. But a group of his deputies are being targeted for allegedly employing abusive tactics.

Six former jail inmates are charging in a civil lawsuit that they were beaten severely, left without medical attention, and forced to remain in administrative segregation for days, weeks, and even months. Read more »